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[*] posted on 10-12-2018 at 17:37

Two suggestions to the lithiumheads here:

1. If you want a clean sample but don't have fancy equipment (argon / vacuum pumps), sparge the oil you are using for storage with helium from a balloon tank. Also you can "getter" the oil with sacrificial lithium from one battery, remove the corroded lithium, and add fresh lithium (presumably for display, since for storage you would just keep it in the battery.)

2. Don't try to fuse (melt) the lithium into a blob using a ceramic crucible. It will explode and hurl molten alkali metal at your face. Theo Gray has confirmed my result. The lithium reacts with the silicon and aluminum oxide and you get a nasty thermite-like bang.

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Quote: Originally posted by Sulaiman  
Would some kind person please suggest an easy interesting use for the
foil from one cell ?

You can use lithium to make thorium from lantern mantles.

[Edited on 11-12-2018 by DoctorOfPhilosophy]
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[*] posted on 13-9-2019 at 07:20

In regard to casting lithium metal, could I simply melt the lithium directly in a zinc mold and then let it cool? Any potential issues in doing this?

Also, the post mentioned using lithium to extract thorium from thorium mantles. How would one do that?

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[*] posted on 14-9-2019 at 01:17

I think the Li will simply burn at such temperatures. Also I don't know if Li will alloy with Zn.

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